When it comes to food court, it is difficult to compare with the one at Aberdeen Centre mall in Richmond. It definitely has the best selection of Asian cuisines, from the popular Saboten for delicious deep fried pork cutlets to the delicious giant cream puffs at Beard Papa’s. But today, it was lunch at one of my favorites, Teppan Kitchen.
Teppan Kitchen is quite different from the other food court offerings serving most of their dishes on a sizzling hot plate. THis hot plate gives the slices of beef an excellent sear, and also makes the bottom of the rice crispy. To add to that it keeps the food hot for a longer time, and you know you’re in for a treat.
My usual at Teppan Kitchen is their first item on their menu, ‘A’ Grade Rib Eye Beef Teppan Rice. Good thing it is usually on special adding a free miso soup and drink, I usually order an Iced Lemon Tea. Those who know me know that I love eggs, so I usually get one added to my order as well. Everything is prepared when you order, but with their conduction stove, it only takes a couple of minutes to get it ready. Once you pick up the tray, the aroma of the beef and garlic butter soy sauce will take control of your senses, and as you walk by other people to your table, you will notice people turn around to see what is creating that intoxicating smell.
The Beef Teppan Rice was excellent as usual, and it should, as we all know that garlic, butter and soy sauce go great with beef, which you can cook to your liking. The dish is even served with a nifty paper ring, which works as a splash guard to protect your clothes but also provide instructions on how to finish cooking your meal! Now combine this with rice, which is topped with corn, green onions, fresh ground pepper and that wonderful sauce, each bite is full of flavour.
Today, my boys and I also had their TK Fries, their version of the poutine, which was now thankfully offered in a smaller size. To top it off we tried one of their specials, their Fish and Chips. First of all, their version of a poutine is excellent; crispy fries topped with gravy, cheese, a tomato based purée, green onions and fresh ground pepper. Great flavours combined with great textures; now that is what I consider an excellent appetizer.
The Fish and Chips were truly a surprise, first why would they even have this dish on their menu? But one bite and it was apparent, they did it because it was that good. The meaty halibut fillets surrounded with a light crispy batter offered a great contrast in texture, and full of flavour especially when you squeeze the grilled lemon on it. This was served on top of a bed of fries, which remained crispy even under the fish! Who likes soggy fries anyways?
Restaurant: Teppan Kitchen
Executive Chef: Brian Leung, John Yiu
Location: Richmond, British Columbia